But what are the benefits of using cloud?
Before answering I think it is perhaps pertinent to describe what cloud actually is. The technology is effectively a storage system allowing individuals and organisations to store files on external servers.
This has many advantages. For instance, applications can be accessed and used online without the need to download or install anything to a user’s hard drive. This inevitably saves a lot of space.
A second benefit is the ability to use applications while out and about. In fact, they can be used from anywhere in the world from a mobile device. Moreover, if you do not possess a mobile device such as a tablet, provided you have access to a computer and the internet then accessing apps is easy.
Perhaps one of the most important reasons for using this technology, particularly for businesses and organisations is cost. Software such as Google Apps are free to use. Consequently there is no need to buy a product. There is also no need to upgrade any hardware facilities. An old desktop computer is still just as viable as a modern laptop.
A fourth benefit is that companies can share resources in one place. In other words, rather than sending a file over the company’s intranet, individuals can equally access the files and even work collaboratively.
Finally, many companies offering storage systems such as Dropbox are often low cost; even free in many circumstances.